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Author: Lauren Mechling

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Publisher: Viking

Published: June 25, 2019

Book Description: After a devastating break-up with her fiancé, Geraldine is struggling to get her life back on track in Toronto. Her two old friends, Sunny and Rachel, left ages ago for New York, where they’ve landed good jobs, handsome husbands, and unfairly glamorous lives (or at least so it appears to Geraldine). Sick of watching from the sidelines, Geraldine decides to force the universe to give her the big break she knows she deserves, and moves to New York City.

As she zigzags her way through the downtown art scene and rooftop party circuit, she discovers how hard it is to find her footing in a world of influencers and media darlings. Meanwhile, Sunny’s life as an It Girl watercolorist is not nearly as charmed as it seemed to Geraldine from Toronto. And Rachel is trying to keep it together as a new mom, writer, and wife–how is it that she was more confident and successful at twenty-five than in her mid-thirties? Perhaps worst of all, why are Sunny and Rachel–who’ve always been suspicious of each other–suddenly hanging out without Geraldine?

Hilarious and fiercely observed, How Could She is an essential novel of female friendship, an insider’s look into the cutthroat world of New York media–from print to podcasting–and a witty exploration of the ways we can and cannot escape our pasts.

Book Review: 2 1/2 Stars

Book Review: This is my second attempt at this book. The first time was when I took a copy out of the library, the second was on audio book and it did not fare any better. This should be in my wheelhouse. Told from multiple POV’s from thirty-something women, trying to make in NYC. However, for the entire length of this book all I could think was I am so glad I am not one of these women or associate with one of them.

The book’s main character is Geraldine who just moved from Toronto to NYC to restart her life after a bad break-up. Her friends Sunny and Rachel do not have an affinity towards each other except only when it comes to Geraldine. The story which is supposed to center around them, felt like it completely got washed out. So many other current issues/events took over the story.

For being in this age group, I was completely disappointed with this story. For such accomplished women they were completely juvenile at times. They cheated on their husbands and just plain hated them,

I stuck through this because Bad on Paper podcast had this for the October read, and generally I like their picks. Unfortunately this was a huge miss for me.

Posted by:Lauren A.

You really can say I am an obsessed reader as I read 200-300 books per year. I love Literary Fiction, Memoirs (I don't really care what kind), Mysteries and Thrillers. Once in awhile I will thrown in some YA and Romance. When I am not reading, I am a Sales Engineer for a software company, and I take care of my three cats with my husband. I love music, which my college degree is in. Looking forward to share my thoughts on all things reading.

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